It started off as a joke that I wanted to go to a Spanish wedding, but when one of the teachers at the school got engaged, it became a reality. How lucky am I that I can check Spanish Wedding off my cultural bucket list?! It was such an incredible night with all my colleagues at school and I’m so happy that I could share this day with the newlyweds.
So here’s a break down of the wedding day.
1:00pm Hair appointment. Because everyone who goes to the wedding goes to their favorite hair stylist to get a nice up-do.
6:00pm Meet outside the church for the ceremony. Take pictures (obviously) and give/receive immense amount of compliments. Forget Paris Fashion Week, just go to a Spanish wedding. People get dressed like they are going to the Oscars. And those fancy little feather hats are worn for afternoon weddings, so I didn’t wear one. Also don’t forget your paper fan, because old Spanish churches don’t have air.
6:30pm Ceremony starts. Ceremony is very similar to ones in the US. Bride walks in with father, everyone stands up. Here are some differences: no bridesmaids or groomsmen. The only people at the alter are the bride and groom and their respective parents. And the final, “You may now kiss your wife” isn’t included. A bit anti-climatic if you ask me. The priest just said, you are now married. Good thing I was paying attention or I would have missed it.
8:00pm Reception Hour and Tapas. We all drove to a nearby farm where the reception was held. Now I know what you’re thinking *a farm*???? Let me just say the bride is a granddaughter of the founder of Navidul Jamon and the reception was on their personal family farm. Some of the pre-dinner tapas included JAMON, sushi, mini hamburgers, kebobs, grilled veggies, etc. PS.) My future wedding will have a professional jamon cutter even if we have to import him and the ham from Spain. 🙂
10:00pm Dinner time. We all went to our assigned tables and dinner was served. Or more like we served our dinner. It was a buffet station dinner where there were different tables set up to go get whatever you liked. Stations included: soup, salad, cheese, fish, meat, pulpo (octopus), and dessert. No big wedding cake like in the US, we could choose from an assortment of mousses and flans.
12pm-1am. I’ve actually lost track of time but it was probably around midnight when everyone made their way to the dance floor for dancing and more drinking. I LOVE DANCING at weddings. All the teachers grouped together and were goofing off doing silly dance moves. I surprised all of them when I knew almost every Spanish song played. And then I took control when Mambo no. 5 came on! We also had fun in the photo booth taking silly pics.
6:00am The sky is getting brighter and we are still dancing away. The crowd has dwindled but they are going strong. However my friend and I decided it was time to leave because we had blisters on our feet. I heard later that some people stayed until 8:00am dancing!! Spain knows how to party!
This was honestly one of the best nights here in Spain and a great way to wrap up my first year in Spain!